The Dumbwaiter’s Best Bites of the Week: 10 January 2020

Published 10 January 2020

From Manhattan to Moscow. Here are The Dumbwaiter’s best bites of the week.


Tucked away near Spitalfields market, a visit to Crispin’ makes for the perfect mid-week pick me up. The Dumbwaiter visited for brunch, opting for the classic avocado on toast topped with chilli flakes and a side of halloumi. Whilst the dish (and the whole cafe) is extremely Instagram friendly, rest assured that it tastes just as good as it looks, maybe even better.
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Bosco Cafe, Moscow

Following a morning taking in the sights of the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Dumbwaiter popped into Bosco Cafe overlooking Moscow’s Red Square for lunch. Housed inside the iconic GUM department store, Bosco Cafe is all white tablecloths and fine china, with a pianist perched at the grand piano to boot. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a simple bowl of spinach and ricotta ravioli, before continuing to explore the city, which was embracing Christmas in Russia to the full, with lights and entertainment aplenty.


Located on the 20th floor of The Collective Canary Wharf, the largest co-living space in the world, the views of London’s skyline alone are enough to make you want to visit. With an extensive cocktail menu available, be sure to start with a purple haze, a lavender infused mocktail, whether you’re doing dry January or not. To eat, The Dumbwaiter enjoyed sharing plates such as camembert croquettes and sardines on toast, before moving on to a puy lentil moussaka for main. Save space for the banoffee parfait with hazelnut brittle if you have a sweet tooth.

Via Carota

This West Village Italian restaurant is the one The Dumbwaiter kept getting told to visit while in New York this week. Despite the queues and the fact locals are willing to wait for 3 hours to get a table, The Dumbwaiter managed to grab a spot at the counter for a plate of pasta and glass of Super Tuscan.


Nearly as iconic as its sister restaurant Balthazar, Keith McNally’s Meatpacking bistro has reopened a block or so away from its original location. The classics are still there, the Champagne lighting as clay as ever and the place just as popular as back in the day. Plus who could resist gong for a lunch of Niçoise, fries and a glass or two of fizz from Arno Rossman.


Whatever you think of Hudson Yards and all it signifies, it’s worth going to this part of Manhattan for a bite to eat at Momofuku Kāwi. David Chang’s Korean restaurant has a very good lunch menu with some bento box style options but be sure to order the spicy roasted rice cake – it’s worth the $26 price tag.

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